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    October 30, 2013
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>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris with a look at today's top stories. >> i am as frustrated and angry as anyone with the flawed launch of healthcare.gov. >> defending the roll out of healthcare.gov as the president prepares to taugh toue affordable care act in boston. >> president obama will make another pitch for his healthcare reform. let's take you live now to
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boston, and the president is speaking shortly. in fact, that's where former massachusetts governor and presidential candidate mitt romney, as you might remember, signed the law seen as a model for the affordable care act. let's take you now to the president. >> it's good to be back in boston. it's good to be back in boston because one of america's best governors introduced me, de valuval patrick. [applause] it's good to see congressman bill keating here, give bill a big round of applause. [applause] i want to praise somebody who was not here. i just left him. he wears his heart on his sleeve. he loves this city so much, and
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it shows in what he's been doing for years now, one of america's best mayors, tom benita. and it's good to see all of you. you know, i was just at the airport, devall was kind enough to meet me with mayor benino, and he went back to work so he could wrap up before first pit pitch. i'm well aware that a president's visit is not the biggest thing going on in boston. i understand that. i tried to grow a beard, but michelle, she wasn't haling it. i am also old enough to remember a time when the red sox were not in the world series three times
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in ten years, but i know the chance to win one at home for the first time since 1918 is a pretty special thing. so i promise. we will be done here in time for everybody to head over to fenway and maybe see big pappi blast another homer. [applause] maybes other sox will do better next year. i'm just--you know, you can ho hope, up dream. the reason i'm here, though, is because this is the hall where seven years ago democrats and republicans came together to make health reform a reality for the people of massachusetts.
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it's where then governor mitt romney, democratic legislators, senator ted kennedy, many folks who are here today joined forces to connect the progressive vision of healthcare for all with ideas of markets and conditions that have long been championed by conservatives. and as devall said, it worked. it worked. [applause] [ [ protesters ] >> okay, okay, we're talking about healthcare today, but we
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will-- [ protesters ] [ audience booing ] >> obama: no, no, no, it's okay. that is the wrong rally. [applause] we had the climate change rally back in the summer. this is the healthcare rally. [ cheers and applause ] so healthcare reform in this state was a success. it doesn't mean that it was perfect right away.
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there were early problems to solve. there were changes that had to be made. anybody here who is involved in it can tell you that. as devall just said enrollment was extremely slow. within a month only a hundred people had signed up--100. but then 2,000 signed up. then a few more thousand after that. by the end of the year 36,000 people had signed up, and the community all came together. you even had the red sox helping people to get them covered. then pretty soon the number of uninsured people had plummeted. when the financial security of healthcare helped shelter people were hardships, and today there
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is nearly universal coverage in massachusetts, and the vast majority of citizens are happy with their coverage. and by the way, all the parade of horrible, worst productions ipredictionsof healthcare in mas isn't true. it didn't happen. and insurance increased. people didn't get left behind. racial disparity decreased. care didn't become unaffordable. cost tracks and what was happening in other places that wasn't covering everybody. now, mitt romney and i ran a long and spirited campaign against one another, but i've always believed that when he was
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governor here in massachusetts, he did the right thing on healthcare. and then devall did the right thing by picking up the torch and making the law even better. and it's because you guys had a proven model that we built the affordable care act on this template of proven bipartisan success. your law was the model for the nation's law. [applause] so let's look at what happened. today the affordable care act requires insurance companies to abide by some of the strongest consumer protections this country has ever known. a true patient's bill of rights. no more discriminating against
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kids are pre-existing conditions. [applause] no more dropping your policy when you get sick and need it most. [applause] no more life-time limits or restricted annual limits. most plans--most plans now have to cover free preventive care like mammograms and birth control. young people can stay on their parents' plans until they're 26. all of this is in place right now. it is working right now. now, the last element of this began on october 1st, when the affordable care act created a
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new marketplace for quality, private insurance plans for the 15% or so of americans who don't have healthcare, and for the 5% of americans who don't have to buy it on their own and they're not part of a group which means they don't get as good of a deal. this new marketplace was built on the massachusetts model. it allows these americans who have been locked out to get a better deal from insurers. they're pooling their purchasing power as one big group, and sureinsurers want their busines, and that means they want a better deal. they compete for that business. insurers in the marketplace, they can't use your medical history to charge you more. if you've been sick you finally have the same chance to buy quality affordable healthcare as everybody else.
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if you lose your job or you start a new business, or you're self employed or you're a young person trying several jobs until you find that one that sticks you're going to be able to be insured. insurance that goes with you, that gives you freedom to pursue anything i want without fear of accident or illness will de rail your dreams. now this marketplace is open now. insurance companies are competing for that business. the deal is good. the prices are low. but let's face it, we've had a problem. the website has not worked the way its supposed to over these last couple of weeks. as a consequence people have not had a cans to see just how good the prices for quality health insurance through these marketplaces really are.
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now, ultimately this website, healthcare.gov , will be the easiest way to shop for plans because they'll be right next to each other and you can compare prices and see what kind of coverage it provides. but look, there is no denying it, right now the website is too slow, too many have gotten stu stuck, and i am not happy about it. neither are a lot of americans who need healthcare, and they're trying to figure out how they can sign up as quickly as possible. so there is no excuse for it. i take full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed asap. we're working over time to improve it every day. every day. and more people are successfully
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buying these plans online than they were a couple of weeks ago. i suspect more people will be able to buy conveniently online every single day as we move forward. we're going to get these problems resolved. in the meantime you can still apply for coverage over the phone, by mail or by person because those plans are waiting, and you're still able to get the kind of affordable, reliable health insurance that's been out of reach of people for too long. i am old enough to remainder when there was not such a thing as a website. i know that is shocking to people. but the point is i'm confident these marketplaces will work because massachusetts has shown that the model works, and we know what's being offered by these insurers. [applause] we kno know it's going to work.
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and so far choice and competition in the new national marketplaces have helped keep costs lower than even we projected. nearly half of all single uninsured 18 to 34-year-olds may be able to buy insurance for $50 or less, less than your cell phone bill, less than your cable bill. [applause] and one study shows nearly six in ten uninsured americans may be able to buy insurance for $100 or less even if they are older than 34. if every governor was working as hard as duvall or o'malley or governor cuomo in new york, making this work for their citizens as opposed to thinking
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about this politically, maybe as many as eight in ten americans would be able to get their insurance for as little as $100 a month. [applause] by the way, it's not just in massachusetts. look at kentucky. the governor, a democrat, is like a man possessed with helping more people get coverage. he thinks it's the right thing to do. keep in mind i did not win in kentucky. [ laughter ] but there are a lot of uninsured people in kentucky, and they're signing up. oregon, has covered 10% of its uninsured citizens already because of the unaffordable care act. [applause] arkansas, i didn't win that state either.
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it's covered almost 14% of its uninsured already. that's already happened. and you've got some republican governors like governor casic in ohio who have put this aside and they're covering people. unfortunately, there are others who are so locked in to the politics of this thing that they won't lift a finger to help their own people. that's leaving millions of americans uninsured unnecessarily. that's a shame. because if they put as much energy into making this law work as they do in attacking the law, americans would be better off. [applause] americans would be better off.
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so that's the affordable care act. better protections for americans for insurance. new tax credits to help americans afford it. more choice, more competition. more security. not just for the uninsured but the under insured. we pay more in premium us and taxes when folks who are under insured visit the emergency room. we get taxed. and since we all benefit there are parts of this law that also require everybody to contribute. it requires everyone to take some measure of responsibility. to help pay for the law, the wealthiest americans, families who make $250,000 a year have got to pay a little bit more. the most expensive health insurance plan no longer qualified for unlimited facts tx
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breaks, some are not happy about it, but it's the right thing to do. unlike people in massachusetts, most people who can afford health insurance have to buy insurance or pay a penalty. again, they shouldn't just dump those costs on to the rest of us. everybody has some responsibilities. now, it is also true that some americans who have health insurance plans that they bought on their own through the old individual market are getting notices from their insurance company suggesting some how because of the affordable care act they may be losing their existing health insurance plans. this is the latest flurry in the news. because there is confusion and misinformation about this, i
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want to tell you what is going on. one of the things that health reform was designed to do to help not only the uninsured but the under insured. there are a number of americans. fewer than 5% of americans who got cut-rate plans that don't offer real financial protection in the event of a serious illness or accident. remember, before the affordable care act these bad apples and insurers had free rein to jack up your premiums or bill you into bankruptcy. a lot of people thought they were buying coverage, and it turned out not to be so good. before the affordable care act the worst of these plans routinely dropped thousands of americans every single year. and on average premiums for folks who stayed in their plans for more than a year shot up about 15% a year. this wasn't just bad for those
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folks who had these policies. it was bad for all of us. again, when tragedy strikes and folks can't pay their medical bills everybody else picks up the tab. now, if you had one of these substandard plans before the affordable care act became law, and you really like that plan, you were able to keep it. that's what i said when i was running for office. that was part of the promise we made. but ever since the law was passed if insurers decided to down grade or cancel these plans, we said you have to replace them with quality coverage. that was essential to the affordable care act. today that promise means that every plan covers certain
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benefits, and they can't use allergies or pregnancy or a sports injury or the fact that you're a woman to charge you more. [applause] they can't do that any more. they can't do that any more. [applause] if you couldn't afford coverage because your child had asthma, well, he's now covered. if you're one of the 45 million americans with a mental illness you're now covered. you're a young couple expecting a baby, you're covered, you're safer. the system is more secure for you and more secure for everybody. if you're getting one of these letters, just shop around in the new marketplace. that's what it's for. because of the tax credits we're offering, and the competition--
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[ protester ] because the tax credit we're offering and the competition between insurers most people are going to be able to get better comprehensive healthcare plan for the same price or even cheaper than projected. you're going to get a better deal. now there is a fraction of americans with higher income who is will pay more on the front end for better insurance and better protection, and that will save them from financial ruin if they get sick. but nobody is losing their right to healthcare coverage. no insurance be able to deny you coverage or drop you as a customer all together. those days are over. that's the truth. that is the truth. [applause]
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so for people without health insurance they're finally going to be able to get it. for the vast majority of people who have health insurance that works, you can keep it. for the fewer than 5% of americans who buy insurance on your own, you will be getting a better deal. so anyone peddling the notion that almost all the insurers are encouraging people to join better plans with the same carrier with stronger protection, or get new plans through the marketplace and many will get help to pay for those plans and make them cheaper, if you leave that stuff out, you're being grossly misled, to say the least.
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[applause] but frankly, look, you saw this in massachusetts. this is one of the challenges of healthcare reform. it's complicated and it's very personal. and it's easy to scare folks. and it's no surprise that some of the same folks trying to scare people now are the same folks who have been trying to sink the affordable care act from the beginning. [applause] you know, frankly, i don't understand it. providing people with healthcare, that should be a no-brainer. giving people a chance to get healthcare should be a no-brainer. and i've said before folks have had good ideas, better ideas than what's happening in massachusetts, or what we proposed for providing people
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with health insurance i would be happy to listen. that's not what is happening. anyone defending the remnants of the old broken system as if it was working for people, anybody who thinks we shouldn't finish the job of making the healthcare system work for everybody, especially when these folks offer no plan for the uninsured or the under insured or folks who lose their insurance each year, those folks should have to explain themselves. [applause] because i don't think we should go back to discriminating against kids with pre-existing conditions. i don't think we should go back--i don't think we should go back to dropping coverage for people who get sick or because they make a mistake on their
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application. [applause] i don't think we should go back to the daily cruelties and indignities and constant insecurity of a broken healthcare system. i'm confident most americans agree with me. so yes, this is hard. the healthcare system is a big system. it's complicated. if it was hard just doing it in one state, it's harder to do in all 50 states. especially when the governors of a bunch of states and half of the congress aren't trying to help, yeah, it's hard, but it's worth it. it is the right thing to do, and we're going to keep moving
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forward. we're going to keep working to improve the law just like you did here in massachusetts. we are just going to keep on working at it. we're going to grind it out. just like you did here in massachusetts. by the way, just like we did when the prescription drug program for seniors known as medicare part d was passed by a republican president a decade ago. that healthcare law had early challenges as well. there were even problems with the website. and democrats weren't happy with a lot of aspects of the law because in part it added hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit that was not paid for, unlike the affordable care act which will help to lower the
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deficit. [applause] but you know what, once it was the law everybody pitched in to try to make it work. democrats weren't about to punish millions of seniors just to try to make a point or settle the score. so democrats worked with republicans to make it work. i'm proud of democrats for having done that. it was the right thing to do. because now--because now about 90% of seniors like what they have. they've gotten a better deal. both parties working together to get the job done. that's what we need in washington right now. [applause] that's what we need in washington right now. [applause] if republicans in congress were
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as eager to help americans get insurance, we would have progress. i'm not asking them to agree with me on everything. but if they worked on it like mitt romney, or ted kennedy with the precipitation drug bill we would be a lot further along. the point is we may have political disagreements. we do. deep ones. in some cases we've got fundamentally different visions about where we should take the country. but the people who elect us to serve, they shouldn't pay the price for those disagreements. most americans don't see things through a political lens or ideological lens. this debate has never been about right or left. it's been about the helplessness
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that a parent feels when they can't cover a sick child. or covering employees and keeping doors open. i want to give you just--i want to close with an example. a person named alan shaefer from new york. he's got a story to tell about sacrifice, about giving up his own healthcare to save the woman he loves. so alan wrote to me last week, and he told me his story. four years ago his father, jan, who happens to be a nurse, was struck with cancer. she had to stop working. then halfway through her chemo her employer dropped coverage for both of them. alan is self employed. he had an antique business. he had to make sure that his wife was covered during her
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chemo treatment, so he went uninsured. the good news jan is now free of cancer and done with chemo, but now alan is now uninsured--until last week. [applause] when he sat down at a computer, and after i'm sure multiple tries, signed up for a new plan under the affordable care act, coverage that can never be taken away. so i want to read you what he says in this letter. he said, i gotta tell you, i've never been so happy to pay a bill in my entire life.
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when you don't have insurance at my age it can really feel like a time bomb waiting to go off. the sense of relief from knowing i could live out my days longer and healthier, that's just a tremendous weight off my shoulders. so two days later alan goes over to his buddy bill's house. he sits bill down and his wife diana at their computer. and after several tries alan helped lift that weight from their shoulders by helping them to sign up for a new plan also. and compared to their current plan it cost less than half as much as covers more. see, that's why we committed ourselves to this cause. for alan and jan, for bill, diana, for annie, for anyone who
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wrote letters and shared stories and knocked on doors because they believed what could happen here in massachusetts could happen all across the country. and for them, and for you, we're going to see this through. [applause] we are going to see this through. this hall is home to some of the earliest debates over the nature of our government. the appropriate size, the appropriate role of our government. those debates continue today, and that's healthy.
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they are debates about the role of the individual, and society, you are rugged individualism and our sense of self reliance, our devotion to the kinds of freedoms whose first shot rang out not far from here. but they are also debates tempered by a recognition that we're all in this together. when hardships strike, and it could strike any of us at any moment, we're there for one another. and that as a country we can accomplish great things that we can't accomplish alone. [applause] we believe that. we believe that. [applause] and those sentiments, those
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sentiments are expressed in a painting right here in this very hall. liberty and union. now and forever. one and inseparable. that's the value statement we're talking about. that's what healthcare reform is about. that's what america is about. we're in this together, and we are going to see it through. thank you, god bless you. god bless the united states of america. >> there you have it. president obama in boston nathaniel hall trying to change the topic a bit on healthcare.gov . trying to rally support for the embattled website, and/or more generally speaking the affordable care act. mike viqueira, he should have been traveling with the
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president. we go to washington, d.c. and mike viqueira joins us live now. mike, as we see the president shaking hands there on stage in boston what would you take away from the speech? >> reporter: the president may have been trying to change the subject a bit and hold this rally with an obviously supportive crowd not to mention the environmental protesters who heckled him for a short time. but he did address the issue of the day. that issue is after repeatedly promising, and since its signing three and a half years ago that if you had your existing health plan you're able to keep your existing health plan, and it turns out that many americans, thousands, perhaps as many as 2 million americans are getting letters from those health plans saying we're canceling your health plan because it does not conform to the affordable healthcare, that has led to criticism that the president
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misled the public in selling the health reform. the president did address that head on. he said if you're getting some of these letters, these cancellation letters, tony, shop around. shop around on the exchanges and else wear and you'll find that your coverage will be much more extensive and much more happier with it, and you'll get a better deal. you can hear the critics, they might have more extensive health insurance, but these are the plans they wanted. these are the plans they could afford. but there is no shortage of people raising their hand across the country saying these are great--this is a new policy where i have things like pre-existing conditions, i can't be denied for insurance, and all the things that the president enumerated, however, i can't pay a $900 a month premium.
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so it's going to be more expensive. this controversy is obviously what helped to drive the president to nathaniel hall, and no symbolism lost on anyone. this is the place where mitt romney signed romney care. of course, before obamacare there was romney care, and it's modeled on what his former rival did in massachusetts. the president trying to rally support amid all the criticism, and two contentious days on capitol hill. >> michael, thank you. mike viqueira at the white house for us, and joining us from washington, david merritt. the managing director of leavitt partners, and what were your thoughts, your take aways from the president's speech. >> yes, the president is a wonderful speaker, obviously.
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i find it curious one of his main points was to basically dump on the 14 million americans who had purchased individual policies. >> what was the dumping on part of that? >> well, the plans that are being canceled now are plans that individuals bought with their own money in the individual market. they shopped around and put down their own money to buy these plans. now the president is basically saying they were buying substandard plans so he was critiquing their shopping. >> was he critiquing what was available at the time? >> certainly. they were insurance policies that they could choose from in any given state. i find it curious that he would find that line of attack when at this point as mike pointed out you have millions of americans who have had policies canceled which is ten times as many people who have signed up for new coverage through the affordable care act. >> yes, what did you hear if anything that was new from
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kathleen sebelius today in her testimony, anything? >> well, know, it was a full throat defense of the affordable care act, i think, and she did a necessary job to go out and try to confront the critics and explain what was happening. two things was somewhat curious. she said the website never crashed, in fact, it had, it crashed this morning. the second one was she was apologizing which she certainly needed to do. the president did an inadequate job of that as well. then she shifted the blame to the contractors and when you're apologizing, you're apologizing for something you're responsible for and then she shifted it to the contractors. i thought of harry truman's line was that the buck stops here and she said the buck stops there. >> for people who are getting
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cancellation notices. how would you describe the individual market before--before the affordable care act because we heard the president describe it. >> sure, some the aspects he described are accurate. you have 14 million people who are on the individual market, they don't get their coverage through an employer or public program so they are on their own, and they're spending and paying the full premium on their own. but just like any other market there are products available by numerous individual policies and health plans, so it's a typical shopping experience for many millions of americans. >> were they subjected to coverage caps, cost caps? yearly caps, lifetime caps. >> yes, they were. but in most cases individuals were purchasing the product they could purchase, and they were getting relatively adequate coverage. >> were they dropped if they were discovered to have a pre-existing condition. >> i'm sure in many cases you
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would find that folks from dropped if they had a pre-existing condition. and the law seems to try to fix that. let's talk about the down stream consequences of trying to fix some of those problems. if you try to equalize premiums for folks who are very, very sick and folks who are very, very healthy. you're going to raise premiums for someone. and here it will be for those who are young and relatively healthy. they'll find sticker prices and higher prices in many cases which the president seems to gloss over in many cases. >> and they could make the choice of paying the penalty, whatever that penalty ultimately is. and i take it from your conversation today, you think that's unfair. >> that's certainly one of the key aspects. >> right, it is one of the key aspects of the law to require individuals for the first time in american history to buy a
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specific product. and provide a penalty or levy a penalty if you don't. while i don't agree with that policy, i do agree it is integral to the operation of the law. >> david, appreciate it. good conversation, managing director of leavitt partners and an expert on health policies in washington, d.c. the president has been under fire for misleading the american people about obamacare, the affordable care act. we have a quick reality check on the hearing. >> there was a lot of back and forth in the hearing and it was under way for about an hour when the secretary dropped this. >> i suggest that the website never crashed. it is functional but at a very slow speed and. >> you're right, the website never crashed. there was a lot of attention throughout the hearing.
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error messages for those trying to go online to healthcare.gov now whether the site actually crashed depends on your definition. he kathleen sebelius did make it clear it's not working very well. to other topics, whether the secretary knew the launch would be so disastrous. >> the team felt they were ready to go. i told the president we were ready to go. clearly i was wrong. we were wrong. we knew that in any big new complicated system there would be problems. no one ever imagined the volume of issues and problems that we've had, and we must fix it. >> so did no one know? the site's contractors warned repeatedly of problems before the launch, and an e-mail in early september clearly said due to the compressed schedule there is not enough time built in to
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allow for adequate performance testing of that website. but the secretary said no one ever suggested delaying the launch of healthcare.gov . and then arguments enroll whether the secretary herself should be-- >> why aren't you in the exchange? why will you not-- >> i'm not eligible for the exchange. because i have coverage-- >> you can decide to drop your coverage of your employer. you have the choice to decide not to choose. >> that is not true, sir. if i have affordable coverage in my workplace i'm not eligible to go to the market place. it's illegal. >> okay, that raised a lot of eye bras because she's actually right. many assume all americans can enroll in obamacare if they like it, but that's not quite right. the catch is whether they have affordable insurance. and the secretary's government insurance meets those affordable standards. although sebelius did add she
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would glad lid enroll if she was not insured. >> that was an interesting moment to watch that today. she started out with an answer. she didn't have the complete answer. and you could see the people behind her in her here, kathleen, and they helped her along in that response. >> it is confusing for a lot of people. >> a lot of people. >> it's a big law, 900 people. remember, you're not eligible for this. >> exactly. exactly. jonathan. thank you. let's take a break. much more al jazeera america when we come back. millions who need assistance now. we appreciate you spending time with us tonight. up next is the golden age of hollywood going golden but elsewhere. why l.a.'s mayor has declared a
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state of emergency for the entertainment industry there. next.
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>> the federal reserve is not ending it's economic stimulus program, at least not yet. it will continue to buy $85 million of treasury bonds a month. and said the fiscal responsibility is hampering growth. we arwe go with todd, no surpri?
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>> nobody was surprised they're going to keep the current policy, keep the interest rates at zero and 25 basis points and purchase $85 million a-- >> tapering has to happen. what kind of data is the fed looking for to make that process? >> they're going to be looking at the employment numbers. that's a major key. it was 7.4% in july. 7.3% in august. and good news, it's just that we're not seeing enough jobs being created still by the economy. >> what is it, the number of jobs? the actual numbers, the unemployment rate? what is the fed looking for and what would an good number. somewhere in the 6% range? >> unemployment numbers you would like in the low six
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percent range. you would like growth to be over 200,000 jobs a month. this month we created 150,000 jobs. if you see employment growth of 200-250-300,000 jobs a month, you see consumer sentiment come back, you'll see the feds start to talk about tapering in their notes. i think the market is predicting march 2014. >> i apologize. we're out of time. the president spoke for nearly an hour. >> he's the president. >> yes, appreciate your time. todd, appreciate it. when we come back game six of the world series we will have a live report.
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>> the president has got to get out of boston. there is a world series today.
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>> reporter: at least he acknowledged there is the baseball game. there ar16 of the 22 teams wento win the series including the last six. the last team to lose in that scenario, the 1979 baltimore early against the pittsburgh pirates. fans have been lined up since early this morning. some with tickets, many without. they just want to get a glimpse the red sox winning, and the first time they clinched the world series at home since 1918. >> understanding fully where we are, but to change things up or to change our approach with our players or team we're probably doing a disservice of what has been a constant or strength for us all year. >> joining us now from fenway park in boston is our very own
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john henry smith. we assume there will be some line up changes. what bee will be the changes for tonight? >> not too many line up changes. a couple of items of note for st. louis. carlos beltrÁn will move from the cleanup spot up to his normal second spot. and tha for st. louis, st. loui. for of the red sox shane victorino moves to right field. highways been coming off the bench the last few games. he spoke moments ago. >> i feel a lot peter. progressively gotten better the last couple of days as we discussed game five. i had every intention of being there. john and i discussed before the game the magnitude of the game and what had happened the night
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before. he was understanding of where i was and maybe giving me that extra day, yeah, i feel better, physically better today, and i'm going to go, so-- >> reporter: as you see the red sox have already spoken. mike methany is scheduled to speak any second now and we'll tell what you we learned about the st. louis side and any changes they'll be make to extend this to game seven. >> a rematch of game two, lackey pitched in relief a couple of days ago coming back to the starting situation now, everyone has been giving this matchup to wacha because of what he has been doing. but lackey won as world series as a rookie in 2002 when he won game seven with the angels in
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anaheim. >> indeed, he did, and lackey said something interesting in the press conference. he said he didn't necessarily like pitching in fenway park. it was a tough place to pitch. but the numbers seem to belie what he said. his era, he nearly doubled that on the road. lackey had a lot of success here at fenway park. he, of course, is one and one here in the postseason, but lackey would seem to have just a very good shot of getting it done here tonight against michael wacha when the two faced each over last thursday. they both went sixth innings. >> john henry smith live in boston, we'll have more with john coming up at the 6:00 news hour, but we'll go to the weather. >> meteorologist: there is a line developing from kansas to
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oklahoma. there is a watch issued for the next few hours. there will be wind and hail as they move from west to east. the cold air as it moves across the north. we're seeing the numbers climb in the northeast and mid-atlantic states. with a few 70s on the man. right now it's cloudy with patchy drizzle across the northeast and new england. this is by tomorrow throughout the day that front will move east. heavy rain develops in ohio by 7:00. still dry in the northeast but overnight tonight there we are at 2:00 in the morning.
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